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01-12-2006, 11:04 AM
My boyfriend wants to make tacos tonight out of one of those taco kits. He bought one with hard and soft tacos. I read in the book that 1/2 of a 6" tortilla is 1 starch, so if I have 1 soft taco, that is my starches for the day? I at least wanted 2 soft tacos! I am using ground turkey and none of the seasoning that they use, its very high in sodium (on my portion of the meat). If I want 2 do I count it as a Carb Craver?

01-12-2006, 11:43 AM
this is completly off the record...shh
but I love tortillas with everything and i fought tooth and nail to have a full tortilla that was only 30 calories instead of a half one. I had to bring in the container with the calories on it, but they agreed to let me have 1.5 tortillas for a starch. I still cheat and have the full 2.
However, I use corn tortillas wich are ussaully fewer calories and carbs. The brand i use is from a local company so that couldn't help you much, but if you are going to use a flour one, I would have to say to count it the way they say.

as far as a carb craver substitution, the carb cravers are designed to be more than just a starch replacing a protein. the calories, protein...etc in them are "specially formatted" (I'm sure it's some type of neuroscience :lol: ) so just substituting will not be a good idea.

You can use the flour and bake it and make it a shell and have taco salad with the flour as the shell...just a thought.

01-12-2006, 01:47 PM
Whole wheat tortillas are also an option. La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Low Carb Low Fat Tortillas = 50 calories, 11 carbs, 8 grams fiber and 5 grams of protien. They make great pizza crusts and sandwich wraps.

For your grund turkey, you can use cumin and chili powder to spice it up.


01-12-2006, 02:14 PM
You can also try a whole wheat Pita sort of has the shape of a taco shell so you can still have the same feel of a taco but I would agree to go with the whole wheat tortilla if you want one of those. FYI if you have a kroger they have the whole wheat pitas on sale this week 10/$10.00 and you get six in a pack so that is 60 pitas for $10.00 not to bad i got 10 and froze them since i learned that they keep them stored in the freezer at the store when they are not on the shelf lol. Amazing what you find out when they are out of something on the shelf by asking if they have more.

01-12-2006, 02:45 PM
Taret also has some of the whole wheat pita pockets on sale this week too - 6/ $1` - I think they were kangaroo brand ....I think they were 80 cals a piece...would that count as 2 s?

01-12-2006, 02:59 PM
nope, 1/2 pita is 1 starch. I use Kangaroo too...i was just told to make sure it is the wheat one.

01-12-2006, 03:38 PM
Thanks Shennie

01-12-2006, 03:53 PM
Shennie -in my book a 4" whole wheat pita is 1 starch. I enjoy every bite.

01-12-2006, 03:53 PM
Just wanted to say that you can use the pitas for just about anything and that is the brand i got on sale too! I have been using them for breakfast and putting one triangle of laughing cow garlic and herb cheese inside with i egg and some onion and its sooooo yummyyyyy. I will be using one tomorrow night for my turkey burger as well so they are very versitle and they are only 1 S yet i get bread or rather pita on both sides!!!!!! We should find out who made pitas they deserve a reward!!!!

Julie I was wondering that myself cause thats what my book says also but i cant imagine that i could have two pitas for 1 S..... i might have to call my center i dont want to cheat myself out of 1/2 a starch lol

01-12-2006, 03:57 PM
Wow Britt - you are just full of info for me today - that egg, pita and laughing cow cheese sounds extremely yummy.......where do you get the garlic and herb laughing cow cheese?

01-12-2006, 04:01 PM
Ok, i measured a kangaroo 1/2 pita (the ones that are pre-sliced) the half one is 6" by 3" so I would say it is a 6" pita, so britt, we can't eat a whole nother half, but you can get some of it :D don't know how, but i will not understarch myself by any way, so I will figure out something.

01-12-2006, 04:11 PM
You can get laughing cow cheese at most any grocery store the new flavor of garlic/herb i got at sam's club and they also had a french onion i think is what Julie said the 3rd flavor was but I havent looked to see if they were in the regular grocery store yet. But let me tell you its great stuff and yeah the egg pita pocket is really good, quick and easy to make.

Shennie i called my center to see what they said and they said as long as it was a 4" that we could have the whole thing so yeah i got out my ruler and a pita pocket and yeah they are 6" soooo im gonna try and figure up how much of starch we have left after our 6" half of pita lol i wont want to cheat myself out of part of a starch ........

01-12-2006, 04:14 PM
Shennie - you are so funny - I'm glad someone understands all this food science....I did on ww - but now I'm in a different world

01-12-2006, 04:27 PM
ok, I guess DBF is right I am a geek, but i calculated the area of a 4" circle and half of a 6" circle and the half of a 6" cirlce is actaully bigger than the full 4" circle.

so basically we are already getting more than we should be getting with the half of a 6" pita :(

01-12-2006, 04:38 PM
HAHA i sat down and did the same thing and I kept saying to myself i think we are getting about 1" more with it this way lol so I think i will just use it the way I have been using it lol

03-01-2006, 08:26 PM
I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to share what I found out at COD today.

When I looked up 4" wheat pita on fitday, it spewed out the nutritional info for it (don't remember exactly what it said). I went and looked at my bag of Kkangaroo 6" whole wheat pitas and the nutritional info was nearly the same - the 6" ones were about 4 calories and 1 g carbo . So, I asked the little barbie doll at the COD about this, and wondered if I could have a whole 6" pita. She said that she thought it would be ok, but if I started to gain on it (I tend to get in a rut with my starches, and eat only pitas until the bag is gone) then I should cut 1" off the pita and that would be fine. HUH?:?: Anyway, just thought I'd share that bit of pseudoscience with ya'all!

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 1 small pita (4" dia)
Calories 74.48
Calories from Fat 6.55

% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.728g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.115g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.295g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0977g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 148.96mg 6%
Potassium 47.6mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15.4g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2.07g 8%
Protein 2.74g 5%

Repo girl
03-01-2006, 08:31 PM
Well, you know, because if you cut off one side of the pita, all of the calories will fall out.

Not sure if this works with candy bars, but maybe I look into it, LOL

03-01-2006, 08:35 PM
I use the Sara Lee wheat pitas and they are also 6 inch. I have never seen 4 inch ones. My COD said that I should be cutting off some off of the end also, which I'm not going to do, but I don't have the pitas that much. The ones I have are a little higher in calories etc.

Cal 80 from fat 0
Sat fat 0
trans fat 0
poly fat 0
Mono fat 0
cholesterol 0
sodium 170
total carbohydrate 17
dietary fiber 2
sugars 1
protein 3

03-01-2006, 08:48 PM
Oh, Katie! You crack me up! ROFLMAO!~
Memo to self: shake those candy bars harder!

03-01-2006, 10:53 PM
My 6 inch whole wheat kangaroo pita pockets are 80 calories per half. When it says "pita pocket" as a serving, that means one pocket (or half). I know this is tricky serving sizes, but there are 6 round things and 12 servings...meaning if you eat a whole round 6" it will be a whopping 160 calories.


03-01-2006, 11:58 PM
You Guys Are Hilarious

03-02-2006, 12:16 AM
Mine says the same so yes a half would be 80 cal.

03-02-2006, 01:55 AM
Ohhhhhh - gotta read the fine print! I'll have to check that out, the next package I buy! Of course, if all the calories fall out when you cut it open (similar to that magical low fat oven I read about on here somewhere), then it shouldn't matter!:D

03-02-2006, 09:14 AM
all this pita talk makes me starch hungry! I am glad we have some food science wizards head would hurt from all that thinking! LOL

03-02-2006, 10:06 AM
I was REALLY confused about the pita pocket thing when I first started them. I actually took out the pitas and counted them when I read the "servings per bag" to make sure...I'd hate to cheat myself out of a starch! It really was wishful thinking, wasn't I couldn't tell the difference in 6 discs and 12 just from looking at the bag. The fine print will KILL you on stuff. When shopping for myson's gummy vitamins, I noticed most "bargain" vitamins you had to take 2 (making them not be a bargain) and one you had to talk 1/2? Who wants to break a gummy vitamin in half every day? Also, I only took 1 prenatal vitamin every day for 18 mos (pregnant and nursing) and I was really freaked out to find out that the serving size was 2 vitamins. YIKES!

03-02-2006, 12:34 PM
The package of white bread pitas I have in the freezer says a serving is a whole pita bread - the calories are ginormous though. I am out of whole wheat ones right now (and it's a darn good thing the others are in the freezer!) but I'll be checking it out, the next package I buy. On the positive side, it's good to know that I can lose on the extra starches, (because I WAS eating a whole one) if I need to. Hopefully same brand = same serving size, no matter what the flour type.